Shelduck Cottage - Southwick, Sandyhills

Code: SH01ST

£56 off all available weeks in August for Shelduck! Now only £400 (was £456)!. Located on a tranquil nature reserve, a perfect base for wildlife lovers, familiies and outdoor enthusiasts

Holiday property description

Discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that's typical of South West Scotland, with a stay at RSPB Mersehead Reserve. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace. Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks, not to mention butterflies and wild flowers. You might also see a roe deer. And in the autumn, thousands of barnacle and pink-footed geese start to arrive for the winter, creating a not-to-be-missed spectacle.  

This pair of cosy semi-detached cottages are located in the heart of this renowned reserve which is a Visit Scotland 4 star wildlife experience, famous for its waterfowl.  There are plentiful opportunities to explore the local area including the historic Sweetheart Abbey at nearby New Abbey, Caerlaverock Castle with its unusual triangular floor plan and Moat Brae in Dumfries, where J M Barrie wrote Peter Pan.   Leisure pursuits in the area include plentiful golfing opportunities with the Southerness Links Championship course and many other 18 hole and 9 hole golf courses available nearby. The Forestry Commission 7Stanes  Mountain Bike Trails are located throughout the region at Dalbeattie Forest and also in Dumfries at both Mabie & Ae Forests, a little further afield are the trails in the Galloway Forest Park (Britain's first designated Dark Sky Park). There are plethoras of walking opportunities including beach, cliff top, forest and for those who seek something  more strenuous, hill walks.  Course and sea fishing are readily available throughout the area.    

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Post Code:   DG2 8AH  
Security  Deposit £150                                                  

Guest Comments 

'53 species of bird seen on the reserve this time. The weather was kind, sunny but a little cool, and no rain. Spent most of the first Sunday developing our watercolour skills thanks to the expert tuition of Jenny. No Barn Owls to be seen this time, shame.' The Collins March 2016
'Lovely holiday, weather coolish but cottage warm and cosy. Great views of a Tawny Owl when we were driving back along the Reserve road one evening and also a badger. Barnacle geese in field behind Shelduck, in the mornings Osprey and Red Kite at Threave Wildlife Refuge and enjoyed views of Red Squirrel in the Threave Garden hides' Mr and Mrs Egan, March 2016
'At last we've stayed at the reserve! Absolutely wonderful being to close to the Barnacle geese and able to see them from our bed! Good weather, massive blue skies, we'll be back! Henderson Family, March 2017
'Wonderful, relaxing break. Fantastic wildlife especially male Hen Harriers. Beautiful weather over the weekend with glorious sunrises' Key Family, February 2016

Accommodation for 4 on one floor: Lounge/dining room; kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath; one double bedroom; one twin bedroom.  

Services: Electric heating * Open fire (fuel provided) * Bed linen and towels included * Washing machine * Fridge/freezer * Electric cooking * Microwave * T.V with DVD * NO SMOKING * Maximum of 2 Dogs welcome*  

EXTRAS: £20 per dog/week  

Additional accommodation is available next door in Barnacle Cottage (BA05ST)  




How to find us

Shelduck Cottage
Rspb Mersehead Reserve
Southwick, Sandyhills
Dumfries & Galloway

Shelduck Cottage - Southwick, Sandyhills

Code: SH01ST

Please note that the above map is used to indicate the general location of the holiday property. As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

External Features

Sea View

Water view

Walk to Pub

Walk to Shops

Mountain View

Beach walk




Bicycle Storage



Garden Furniture

Garden Enclosed



Wheelchair Access

Internal Features

Open fire


High Chair


CD Player

DVD Player

Colour TV






Wash Machine

Bed Linen Cost Incl

Heating Cost Incl

Tumble Dryer

Sky TV



Sofa Beds 0

Single Beds 2

Double Beds 1

Showers 1

Bathrooms 1



Shelduck Cottage Reviews

4 star review

Cottage in excellent situation on the reserve, surrounded by wildlife, but in need of some attention such as decoration, and need to deal with some damp issues
3 days ago
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5 star review

A very comfortable cottage. Well equipped and spotlessly clean. It might get 4 stars in winter as not all the heaters work and the open fire, although a nice feature, doesn't draw very well. ( A multifuel stove is promised before next winter).
A truly wonderful location in a beautiful area.
Ms Owen
1 month ago
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5 star review

Superb holiday. Fab location and comfortable cottage. Would highly recommend.
2 months ago
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5 star review

Mersehead reserve is great. What a beautiful place, full of wildlife!
2 months ago
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5 star review

We had a lovely holiday in Shelduck Cottage on the RSPB Mersehead reserve. The cottage had had a refurb, with new curtains, carpets, etc. The cottage was warm and cosy and the beds were comfortable.
We have stayed in both Barnacle and Shelduck Cottages a number of times, thus testifying to our satisfaction with both the Cottages and with the lovely local area.
Mrs Egan
2 months ago
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5 star review

Another wonderfull week in this lovely cottage.
Spent the week walking with our lovely dog on the beach and relaxing while totally recharging our batteries.
Peter Craddy, Shell duck cottage, Mereshead
2 months ago
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4 star review

Nice location. Pleasant cottage. Electric storage radiators only managed 17 degrees centigrade warmth at best for non coal fire making household. This was 2nd week of April so winter might not be the best time to stay! RSPB reserve is a grand place to stay and the voluntary wardens are friendly people to meet!
4 months ago
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5 star review

Cottage has been upgraded with new carpets, bedding etc making it more comfortable than it was. The heating was on when we arrived making it warm as well as comfortable. Cooking facilities also improved. Together with an excellent site this made for a most enjoyable weeks stay.
Great to hear that you approve of the maintenance carried out on this property! We hope you'll consider staying again!
7 months ago
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4 star review

I complained about this property 2 years ago, but would now like to say it is very much improved and we enjoyed the stay.
Mr Yardley, Kidderminster
10 months ago
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4 star review

Great cottage, spacious, well appointed. A little maintenance needed but did not spoil our enjoyment.
Peter Craddy, Dumfriesand Galloway
10 months ago
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4 star review

I have rated four stars because, although the property was in reasonable condition, there were one or two slight issues with it that I thought could have been improved. The cottage is in a beautiful remote location which I enjoyed very much, being a nature and wildlife lover. However, although cosy, comfortable and warm, we had trouble locking the door which was a real inconvenience. It was also slightly shabby in terms of decor, although I would stress that it was very clean, so I had no qualms on that score.
The cottage has a super location and it is great to hear how much you enjoyed it. RSPB are undertaking a programme of upgrade tot he cottages and your comments will be drawn to their attention. 
Susan Rowley, Wellington
10 months ago
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2 star review

Cottage was as described , plenty of room for 2...The cottage has signs of damp i.e. wet kitchen wall and chimney in living room, not sure how this would stand up in the winter??
RSPB do take great interest in the cottage and these items will be checked as part of normal maintenance
11 months ago
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